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Ce zéroième tome des Formidables Aventures de Lapinot réjouira les amateurs de schuss, de tire-fesses, de télésièges, de poudreuse et de Cloclo.
(This zeroth volume of the Spiffy Adventures of McConey will delight those who like schusses, ski-tows, chairlifts, powder snow, and Cloclo.)

Slaloms (translated in English as Slalom) is a 1993 comic book by Lewis Trondheim. It was first published in black and white by L'Association in 1993. A coloured and redrawn version was published in 1997 by Dargaud. This version is numbered as the 0th album of The Spiffy Adventures of McConey series.

Lapinot, Richard, Titi and Pierrot go on a ski vacation. Richard is only interested in skiing. Titi tries to charm girls. Pierrot just wants to relax, whereas Lapinot still broods about his recent breakup.


Slaloms provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Book Ends: Richard sings loudly Étoile des neiges in Pierrot's car, both on the way to the ski resort and on the way back.
  • Calvinball: Titi, Pierrot and Lapinot play a fictional card game. Titi seems to constantly change the rules to make Pierrot lose. Finally, Pierrot is pissed off and he stops playing.
  • Crying Wolf: Richard and his friends always makes jokes. When they run home because they think they heard the wolf, Lapinot does not believe them and he thinks that it is another joke.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Lampshaded. When Pierrot goes to the ski shop, he says that he just needs normal gloves, with four fingers.
  • Gilligan Cut: Richard suggests off-piste skiing. Titi, Lapinot and Pierrot turn down his proposal. In the next panel, Titi and Lapinot are following Richard and Titi asks himself why he has finally changed his mind.
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  • Maybe Ever After: On the last night, Lapinot has a chat alone with Nadia. The next morning, he tells his friends that they exchanged their addresses and he reminds them that he is not ready yet to start a new relationship.
  • Obstacle Ski Course: Lapinot and his friends ski on dangerous slopes, with snow mounds, trees and boulders.
  • Percussive Pickpocket: Richard bumps into another skier and manages to pickpocket his armband.
  • Right Behind Me: Pierrot complains about Richard's snoring. Richard is just behind him.
  • Savage Wolves: A savage wolf prowls. He killed three people.
  • Ski-Resort Episode: The whole story is about a ski vacation.
  • Snowball Fight: On the way to the ski resort, Richard throws a snowball in Pierrot's face when he laughs at him.